Sometimes when I'm feel anxious and unbalanced I go to Google Maps and type in "park".
I go to the nearest park and find their swing set.
Sometimes I put in my headphones and listen to calming music, sometimes I just listen to the natural sounds around me.
I've gone in the sunshine, and in the rain, in the morning and at night.
I've walked around, waiting for a small child to give up their swing, and I've been alone in the park.
I've done this since I was a kid, feeling an instant calm and peace wash over me when the wind hits my face and my feet swing through the air.
Today was one of those days.
I took a break from my journey at a friends house in Austin to go to a Travel conference, then after the conference I felt wiped out, dreading getting back on the road, every morning feeling more exhausted than the last until today I finally woke up, ready to go.
As I hit the road, I felt unsteady and unbalanced but the more I drove, the more ready for my next destination I got. Excited to see Big Bend National Park.
I stopped for gas and when I looked over at this swing set, backlit by a stunning sun set, I was drawn to it like moth to a flame.
As I was swinging, my heart filled with peace and comfort. I felt like I belonged.
Is there anything better than this feeling?
What gives you this feeling of peace and belonging?